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Understanding the Nutritional Benefits of Cotton Candy

Cotton candy is a sweet, fluffy confection made from sugar, water, and air. Cotton candy is created by pouring a hot sugar syrup onto a spinning cone or stick. The hot liquid becomes a thread of solid sugar that cools as it moves through the air. The spinning motion causes the sugar to form into delicate threads that are then pulled up into clumps or strings and piled onto the cone in an ever-increasing pile of fluffy goodness. Here are several nutritional benefits of cotton candy:

1. Sugar in Cotton Candy Promotes Healthy Growth and Development

Cotton candy is made by mixing sugar and water. In addition to being delicious, sugar helps our bodies produce the hormones, such as insulin and growth hormone, that help regulate our weight, metabolism, and blood pressure. The calorie-rich substance also contributes to the formation of bones and teeth.

2. Cotton Candy Is a Source of Iron for A Healthy Body

Iron is an essential nutrient for the body's organs and muscles. It maintains a healthy red blood cell count, enhances cognitive functions, helps regulate metabolism; improves immune system functioning; supports cardiovascular health, and performs many other important functions.

3. Cotton Candy Is Rich in Calcium and Potassium

Calcium is necessary for the proper functioning of our muscles, nervous system, and blood cells; it also helps regulate our heartbeat and helps hold together our bones and teeth. A half-cup of cotton candy has 6 milligrams of calcium, which is nearly 14 percent more calcium than a cup (2 cups) of milk has.

4. Cotton Candy Is a Source of Magnesium

Magnesium is required for the proper functioning of several bodily processes, including maintaining our nervous system and muscles, regulating metabolism, and balancing calcium and potassium levels in our bodies. Cotton candy provides 9 milligrams of magnesium per half cup, equaling 4 percent of the recommended daily value.

5. It Has a High Zinc Content

Cotton candy has a high zinc content, a mineral that is essential for oxygen transportation in our blood. Zinc also contributes to the production of enzymes and the regulation of immunity. Cotton candy provides nearly 1 milligram per half cup, making it an excellent source of zinc.

6. It Is a Source Of B-Complex Vitamins

Cotton candy is a source of B-complex vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid), which support physical and mental health by stabilizing the nervous system and helping regulate metabolism, maintain healthy skin and hair, and promote normal growth. It is also a good source of folic acid.

Cotton candy has a sweet taste different from other sweets but is equally delicious when eaten in small quantities. In addition to its great taste, it is an excellent source of fiber (about 3 grams per half-cup), protein (about 6 grams per half-cup), healthy fat (about 5 grams per half-cup), and carbohydrates (about 9 grams per half-cup). The average amount of calories in each serving is about 160 calories. However, the number varies depending on the air blown out through the straw.

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